Interdisciplinary Ph.D. In Biomedical Sciences

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Choose Our Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program To Reach Your Goals

Advances in biomedical research are critical to fighting diseases and improving quality of life. To address the complex health threats of the 21st century, our world needs more experts with high-level skills and experience to tackle these challenges head on.

Launched in 2021, Des Moines University’s interdisciplinary Ph.D. biomedical science degree program provides all-round training for academic inquiry and scientific discovery. Our comprehensive curriculum is specifically designed to help you achieve your highest professional goals.

Whether you plan to choose a rewarding career as an administrator, consultant, educator, scientist or physician/scientist, with this program you will gain the foundational disciplines to make long-lasting impact in biomedical science — and the world.

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Available projects for students in DMU’s Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences program:


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Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences Program Highlights

DMU’s biomedical science Ph.D. degree program prepares you to improve human lives through scientific breakthroughs.

  • Gain a Personalized Experience

    DMU’s interdisciplinary biomedical science Ph.D. programs currently accept a small number of candidates each year. This means you will have unfettered access to faculty experts who are available to guide you in pursuing research that interests you, provide you with career advice and answer any questions you have. This personal attention and professional mentorship will prepare you to succeed in our biomedical graduate programs and beyond.

  • Join Highly Collaborative Graduate Research Projects

    Our biomedical science Ph.D. faculty are collaborative and dedicated mentors who are well trained in various disciplines of biomedical and clinical sciences. You can expect to join leading investigators in research pursuits relating to brain tumors, cardiovascular disease, mood disorders, obesity, prostate cancer and more. And because our biomedical graduate programs are purposely kept small, you will be able to join multiple research projects and become broadly trained as a biomedical scientist.

  • Learn and Research in Cutting-Edge Spaces

    DMU faculty use modern research labs and techniques to analyze and address biological questions of broad impact. As a doctoral degree student in our biomedical sciences Ph.D. program, you’ll have access to advanced techniques such as electrophysiology, multi-probe intracellular imaging systems, biosensor development and applications, specific brain region targeting and much more. Since you will be spending a large portion of your graduate studies using these spaces and approaches within our biomedical graduate programs, DMU strives to provide you with everything you will need.

  • Pursue a Career-Defining Ph.D. That Is Also Cost Effective

    Our interdisciplinary Ph.D. in biomedical sciences is both affordable and valuable. Your tuition is fully offset by DMU when you take on teaching and research interests. This means you only pay for your living expenses, and you will also receive an annual stipend.

What can you do with an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Biomedical Science Degree?

After earning your biomedical sciences doctoral degree, you may continue advancing your career as a post-doctoral researcher, teaching fellow or research fellow. You’ll also be well prepared build a successful career within academic environments, government regulatory institutions, pharmaceutical industries or research and development for the private sector.

Elizabeth McConnaha, Des Moines University Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Candidat

What interdisciplinary Ph.D. in biomedical sciences students are saying

“My experience at Des Moines University is unique in that the Ph.D. program guides students based on their strengths, interests and future goals. The faculty, staff and my fellow peers all have a common interest in facilitating my journey to becoming a successful Ph.D. candidate. Overall, DMU’s Ph.D. program has been an exceptional choice for me.”

Elizabeth McConnaha, Ph.D.'25

Explore Courses in the Biomedical Science Ph.D. Programs

DMU’s four-year, 86-credit Ph.D. biomedical science degree program blends 40 hours of research work with 46 hours of discipline-specific content, dissertation proposal preparation and presentation, and dissertation writing and defense. You can expect to study in a highly interactive and collaborative environment as you work through your Ph.D.-level courses.

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